Air Force recruits provide community service in Broad Brook
By Jennifer Holloway - Staff Writer
Enfield - posted Wed., Jun. 29, 2011
Yard work, painting and staining were a few of the tasks young men and women performed at Park Hill Complex on Saturday, June 28. TSgt. Timothy Aldinger, an Air Force recruiter in Manchester, organized the group.
“We couldn’t get a lot done without him,” said Darlene Kelly, executive assistant at Park Hill. Three to four times each year, Aldinger brings recruits in the Delayed Enlistment Program to the Broad Brook apartments to assist with maintenance tasks.
“We help them out so the maintenance guys can save some time and money,” Aldinger said. Park Hill only has a couple of maintenance personnel, and the jobs back up.
Complex residents are elderly or disabled, 62 or older or on Social Security disability. Kelly said the complex is often left with empty apartments that have to be cleaned, fixed up and turned around quickly.
“Several jobs arise that need to be done but can’t [be done] in the course of a normal week,” Kelly said. The work Aldinger’s group does in the course of a Saturday helps the complex catch up.
“Everybody loves it,” she added. “They are such a great help.”
In addition to Air Force recruits, Aldinger was also able to gain help from a group of Marine poolees, the equivalent of Air Force DEP trainees, for the June workday. He hopes to team up with the Army for future projects.
Aldinger said community service is important in promoting the “whole person” concept the Air Force stresses. “It’s not just a uniform,” he said. “Airmen are to be well-rounded.”
Trainee Chris Bright mentioned the concept while working at the complex. “[Community service] rounds you out, so you get a better perspective,” he said. He added that the opportunities provided to recruits give them the chance to see what others’ lives are like.
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